Indexing Ontario Tax records- assuming gender
There's a column that says "Male persons from 21 to 60 years". If there's a 1 under that column, should we put Male for the Sex field? The instructions for that field say :
Index the sex only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what it was from relationship terms, such as "son" or "daughter," titles or terms, or other evidence in the language.
Do not assume the sex of a person based on given names.
Assuming Male for these seems to fit the spirit of the instruction. And is not against the letter of it. :)
John Empoliti ✭✭✭✭✭
CAVEAT: I don’t work on these records and for the most accurate answer you should post the Batch Code: MXXX-XXX . It is at the end of the batch name inside the brackets [. ],
BUT, I’ve looked at the examples, and often the person named represents the family or residents in or on the property (e.g. head of household). I’ve seen the column heading “Persons from 21 to 60 years”. That number counts how many persons of that age group are on or in that property. This does not tell me that the named person is one of those 21 to 60 year-olds. Likewise, I would conclude from what you described that one 21 to 60 year-old male lived on or in that property, not necessarily that the named person was that male or of that age group..
SO, I would say that you should Ctrl+B <Blank> the Sex field in the situation you described.4